Households of Discipleship 6-3-20
God is love...
We celebrate the Feast of the Holy Trinity this Sunday, 6/7.
This week, for reflection:
As your family gathers around the table to share a meal, you are an image of the Holy Trinity... persons united in love. Pretty cool, huh?
Resource: Phase Two Guidelines for Masses
In this Flocknote you will find:
- Some information about the parish rebooting process and moving from Phase 1 to phase 2
- A helpful video about the Holy Trinity (this Sunday is Trinity Sunday).
- A fantastic conversation starter for your household meal time.
- Some pictures of last weekend's Holy Communion Outside of Mass (and a poll).
- A few important updates.
- and another surprise!
You can also access Bishop Barron's video on the Trinity here:
Share your thoughts on the following question. Don't be afraid to ask "why?"
If you could invite any person to dinner, who would you invite?
Rebooting Phase 1
This past weekend we began Phase 1 of the St. Thomas More reboot. In our sacramental life, we were offered the opportunity to encounter Jesus in Holy Communion Outside of Mass. We served about 100 people the Body of the Lord (see the pictures below). Things went very smoothly and we could easily serve more people if you are called to attend. Right now, the projections are that we will be in Phase 1 until June 14, at least 1 more weekend. We continue to have limited office staff and hours. The church remains open from 7:30 am to 4 pm.
Phase 2 is coming
As early as June 14, we may begin Phase 2 and will be celebrating Mass with extra precautions taken to mitigate the spread of COVID 19. These precautions include continued social distancing and the use of masks during the liturgy. Our singing will be limited and we will not have our choirs. We will be allowing 25% of the occupancy limit for our worship space (and may live stream to other rooms in the building to allow more people to attend). We are optimistic that we will not need to turn many people away. Right now we believe that we will be able to safely celebrate Mass with 219 people in attendance spaced throughout the worship space, the gathering space, and the fellowship hall. Stay tuned for further details. You can view the diocesan guidelines attached as well.
There is the chance that if the virus projections change, we could remain in phase 1 or return to it in the future if prudent safety dictates, but we hope we will continue through phase 2 towards a full, safe gathering of the community.
Holy Communion this weekend...
Here are a few pictures from our Phase 1 Holy Communion Outside of Mass (don't worry, your prayer space pictures will be back next week!)
The place to come to meet Jesus!
August and Joseph, some of our friendly volunteers to meet you at your car and help you get ready for Holy Communion.
No waiting. We are ready to welcome you.
Inside you will be welcomed, share the Lord's prayer, and receive Holy Communion.
Please complete our poll...
Question: Did you attend Holy Communion Outside of Mass this past Sunday?
The choices for your response are:
- Yes, it was great!
- No, I was still anxious about the virus
- No, I didn't know about it
- No, I had another reason (you can reply with more information to let us know what it is).
RSVP for Communion on June 7...
Holy Communion is offered at St. Thomas More between 11 am and 12:30 pm this Sunday, June 7.
Please see the attached general guidelines from our diocese for the reception of Holy Communion outside of Mass. Things went great on Sunday. We are excited to be able to offer this opportunity for some of us to receive Jesus in the sacrament again this weekend. The sacrament of Confirmation is on hold for the moment as we wait for direction from the diocese. We continue to celebrate small (no more than 10 attendees) weddings and funerals and baptisms and anointing of the sick. Fr. Jack continues to be available at the church to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturdays from 2-4pm (see below for details). The Sacrifice of the Mass continues to be offered by our priests (Fr. Larry, Fr. John Francis, and Fr. Jack) for our intentions and the salvation of the world. Unfortunately, we are unable to gather to celebrate Mass publicly at this time.
Fr. Jack will be at the church from 2 pm to 4 pm on Saturday to celebrate the sacrament of Reconciliation. The sacrament will be celebrated in the Parish Family Room (just off the church gathering space) to provide space from proper social distancing and privacy. Click here to read an article about Pope Francis and this sacrament at this challenging time.
- Please hang on to your Rice Bowls. We will turn them in when we are once again able to gather for Mass.
- Phone ministry continues. You may be receiving a call from a staff member or parishioner to see how you are doing, pray with you, and offer any assistance we can. We will never ask for money over the phone and will identify ourselves as being from St. Thomas More. This is one way we can stay connected during this difficult time.
- Continue to send in your pictures of your at-home prayer space. We have received a few but need more.
- Faith Formation: We are postponing Faith Formation Registration until a future date. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
Thank you for being the Amazing Catholic Community that you are!
-- Dcn. Lincoln
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